June 4, 2017

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
Alleluia!  Best wishes for a joyful Pentecost!

    Even though we only celebrate the Solemnity of Pentecost for one day each year, Pentecost is still one of the most important days of the Catholic Christian year!  Pentecost Sunday is the amazing day 20 centuries ago when the Church sprang forth with great courage and jubilation following the descent of the divine and Holy Spirit of God upon the Apostles and disciples of Jesus!
    It is the Holy Spirit who keeps Jesus present to us and who keep us in divine communion with Jesus.  It is the Holy Spirit who inspires and guides the entire Church of the Lord.  It is the Holy Spirit who inspired the writing of the New Testament Gospels and writings.  It is the Holy Spirit who unfolded the Catholic faith that we believe today.  It is the Holy Spirit who brings about the Sacraments and the Eucharist.  It is the Holy Spirit who inspires faith in each of our hearts and who keeps us one with Jesus in prayer.
    The Holy Spirit is God as well as the divine and extraordinary gift of the Lord which is so very important to our faith, our lives, the Church, the Kingdom, and our eternal salvation.  May we pray to the Holy Spirit each day, and may we invite the Holy Spirit to always be in our hearts and in our souls and families. God bless!                                                                    
                                                                                —Father Jim Torquato

EVENING ROSARY AND DESSERT TO BENEFIT YOUNG STUDENTS IN HAITI
    Sponsored by our Hope for Haiti Committee and our parish’s Aquinas Women’s Guild,  everyone is welcome to an evening to benefit the young students whom our parish sponsors in Haiti.  This event will be held on Tuesday, June 13, beginning at 7:00pm in the church with the Rosary and then moving into the parish hall for desserts and a presentation about Good Samaritan School in Saint Marc, Haiti.  Proceeds will benefit the students our parish sponsors at the school.  Please contact Bernadine Bonessa (412-963-0198  OR  by email here) today to reserve your seat.  Thank you for your support!

MOVING FORWARD EVERY SUNDAY!
    All of our parish members and families are invited to move forward in church for our Liturgy.  The pulpit and the altar are the sacred places in the Church where “the action” takes place.  These are the two locations where all of us should sit!   Likewise, It’s good when we draw close together.  Please move forward as you choose your seat/s in Church. Thanks!
 
GUIDED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT
    In the Acts of the Apostles, we’re reminded that the Church of the Lord exists because of the grace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit.  When you study Church history during the past 20 centuries, you’ll see a very dynamic history of growth and change.  Most humans aren’t exactly thrilled with change, but it’s a natural part of life. 
   The Church and the Kingdom of God have experienced incredible growth in these 20 centuries.   The Church now encompasses much of the world.  Yet, growth also gives way to pruning and decline as well.  We may not like decline, but as we see in the natural world, decline usually leads to rebirth and a new growth!  May we all pray and work to bring new growth to the Church in the United States, and may we always be hopeful and confident in the Lord Jesus and in the Holy Spirit and power of God!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR FINAL INPUT IN THE ‘ON MISSION’ PROCESS
    In May, via the internet, the bulletin survey, and two town hall gatherings, we received final thoughts and comments from parish members regarding the local parishes to be merged by 2022.  These comments have been sent to Diocesan staff, and the final decision will be announced by Bishop Zubik in March 2018.  Thanks very much!

AND OUR 2018 PARISH GROUPING WILL BE . . .
    Diocesan officials have announced the parishes in our area  which will be creating a unified parish.  They are Saint Scholastica Parish, Saint Joseph Parish, O’Hara Twp., Saint Juan Diego Parish, Sharpsburg, and the former Saint Edward Parish area of Saint Pio Parish in Blawnox. 
    In March 2018, priests will be assigned and begin their ministry in October 2018.  At that time, the Liturgy Schedule of each church will be reduced to 1-2 Liturgies per church building.   Each grouping of parishes will have 6-7 Liturgies for the entire grouping beginning in October 2018.   The final work of consolidating our parishes into a single parish with a primary church and 1-2 subsidiary churches is now scheduled to be completed in October 2021. 
    Our Diocese is doing our best given our decline in population, participation, donations, and clergy.  Thank you for your understanding and support!

Our next Christian Meditation Session will be held in the Parish Hall at 7:30am on June 7.  Everyone is welcome to join us for this time of prayer!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

REGISTER NOW FOR VACATION  BIBLE SCHOOL
    Please enroll your child/ren now for Vacation Bible School, June 12-16.  The donation is $25 per child.  A third or fourth child in any family may attend without any donation.  See the flyers in church!

STUDENT HELP NEEDED FOR OUR JUNE VBS
    High School and Junior High School students are needed and most welcome to assist with our June 12-16 Vacation Bible School, 8:30am-12:15pm each day.  You can lead groups, tell stories, prep food, help with crafts and AV, and do other tasks.  Reply to Mrs. Jamie Dillon here now.
  
FINAL PREPARATIONS FOR THE JUNE MISSION TRIP TO SOUTHERN WEST VIRGINIA
    In just three weeks, beginning Sunday, June 25 through Saturday, July 1, nearly 80 high school students and adult chaperones will be traveling to Appalachia for many service projects in southern West Virginia as well as time in prayer and in giving Catholic Christian witness to the people of the area. 
    Please keep all our young people and adults in your prayers!  Any final donations you may wish to provide to support this trip are still most welcome.  Please bring donations to the parish office this week!
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 FOR YOUNG MEN INTERESTED IN THE ORDAINED PRIESTHOOD . . .
   Father Mike Ackerman and the Diocese will be holding several events to begin getting you acquainted with formation for the priesthood.  Come to  breakfast with the Bishop on Saturday, June 24, at 7:30am before the Ordinations at Saint Paul Cathedral.

VOLUNTEER MEDICAL AND DENTAL PROFESSIONALS ARE NEEDED
    If you’d like to volunteer some time to serve at the Catholic Charities Free Health Care Clinic downtown, please call 412-456-6977 this week.  Thank you!
 
CONTINUING OUR DIOCESAN CAMPAIGN
     As you remember from 2013, in our Diocesan Campaign for the Church Alive,  Bishop David Zubik asked for the support of all Church members and families to strengthen the life of our diocesan Church.  So far, our parish members and families have generously contributed $1,215,802 of your pledges of $1,782,887.   Please fulfill your pledges so that, with the Lord’s grace and support and help, we’ll always remain the Church Alive!

AN OCTOBER PILGRIMAGE TO THE CATHOLIC SHRINES OF FRANCE
    Join Bishop David Zubik this October 1-10 for a pilgrimage to the Shrines of France including Paris, Ars, Lisieux, Chartres, and others.  $4,400/ person DO.  Call Marianna (1-800-777-7432) this month for information and reservations.

HELPING OUR LOCAL ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
    The Aquinas Guild appreciates your donations to help the local St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry.  In June,  your donations of canned vegetables and canned fruit are most welcome  along with any non-perishable items.  Please place donations in the red bin in our church’s main entrance.  

Thank you for helping us to clean up our church before and after each weekend Liturgy.  We’re very grateful that you care for your church property!

DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY EVENT IN JUNE
    Students in next year’s Class of 2018 are all welcome to visit Duquesne University, downtown Pittsburgh, on Sunday, June 11, beginning at 8:00am, for the annual Duquesne Fest!  For students and your parents, there will be activities and information about our local Catholic university and its admissions, financial aid, academics, majors, student life, classes, and more.  Register this week online here (+).  Visit now, and apply this Fall!

VICTIM’S  DIOCESAN  ASSISTANCE  HOTLINE
    Our Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh offers a toll-free hotline for anyone needing to report abuse.  The Victim's Assistance Hotline is 1-888-808-1235.


LITURGY SCHEDULE / PRIEST’S INTENTION
Monday, June 5—Saint Boniface, martyr 
   8:30 am   Josephine Bonessa  (Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Bonessa)

Tuesday, June 6 — Saint Norbert, bishop
   8:30 am   John Gentilcore  (Tom & Joyce Doyle)

Wednesday, June 7
   8:30 am   Deceased members of the Romano & Marsico Families  (Tish Marsico)

Thursday, June 8
   8:30 am   Robert Conflenti, birthday  (Evelyn Conflenti)

Friday, June 9 — Saint Ephrem, deacon
   8:30 am   Edward Colangelo  (Georgene Veltri)

Saturday, June 10
   9:00 am   Sam Amodeo  (The Gonzalez Family)

   5:00pm   The Romango Family  (Marie Romango)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
 
Sunday, June 11 — Most Holy Trinity Sunday
   7:30 am   John Mahardy  (Mark & Cathy Bellinger)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   9:00 am   Deceased Members of the Miketic Family  (The Miketic Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   11:00 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of June 4, 2017

Pentecost Sunday:
     Vigil: Genesis 11:1-9 or Exodus 19:3-8a, 16-20b or Ezekiel 37:1-14 or Joel 3:1-5/Psalm 104:1-2, 24, 35, 27-30/Romans 8:22-27/John 7:37-39

     Extended Vigil: Genesis 11:1-9/Psalm 33:10-15/Exodus 19:3-8a, 16-20b/Daniel 3:52-56 or Psalm 19:8-11/Ezekiel 37:1-14/Psalm 107:2-9/Jl 3:1-5/Psalm 104:1-2, 24, 35, 27-30/Romans 8:22-27/John 7:37-39
       
     Day: Acts 2:1-11/Psalm 104:1, 24, 29-31, 34/1 Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13/John 20:19-23

Monday: Tobit 1:3; 2:1b-8/Psalm 112:1b-2, 3b-6/Mark 12:1-12

Tuesday: Tobit 2:9-14/Psalm 112:1-2, 7-9/Mark 12:13-17

Wednesday: Tobit 3:1-11a, 16-17a/Psalm 25:2-5ab, 6, 7bc-9/Mark 12:18-27

Thursday: Tobit 6:10-11; 7:1bcde, 9-17; 8:4-9a/Psalm 128:1-5/Mark 12:28-34

Friday: Tobit 11:5-17/Psalm 146:1b-2, 6c-10/Mark 12:35-37

Saturday: Tobit 12:1, 5-15, 20/Tobit 13:2, 6efgh-8/Mark 12:38-44

Next Sunday: Exodus 34:4b-6, 8-9/Daniel 3:52-56/2 Corinthians 13:11-13/John 3:16-18
 
THIS SUNDAY’S ALTAR FLOWERS
    The flowers at the altar this weekend are in memory of  Sheila Massalski  and  Peter Massalski and were donated by their family.  Thank you very much!

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    There’s an urgent need for:  clean blankets, bath towels, and adult backpacks.  Used items in good condition are fine. 
    Also, these food items are needed now:  macaroni and cheese;  spaghetti sauce;  and prepared meal mixes like Hamburger Helper.  Please leave your donations in plastic bags. [Note: this list is more current than the print bulletin.]   Gray bins are in the church entrance. 
        Larger donations in bags (NOT boxes) and ALL clothing may be brought to the SIDE DOOR of 316 3rd Street, Aspinwall, from 10am-12pm on Mondays and Fridays.  Please do NOT leave any donations outside 316 or 318 Third Street.  Thank you!

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
   Our thanks go to Jocelyn Bosick and Berkshire Hathaway Realty for being a sponsor.   Please see their advertisement for contact information.

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR P.J.A.S. SCIENCE AWARD WINNERS FROM CDTCA!
    In late May, nine of our junior high students traveled to Penn State University for the PA Junior Academy of Science state finals competition.  Four of our students received first place awards: Will Koloc, Dominic Willmer, Elizabeth Massaro, and Marina Zdarko.  Five students received second place awards: Thayer Russ,  Sarah Giuffre, Jacob McWilliams, JP Donovan, and Elizabeth Russell. 
    Congratulations to our students and to their teacher, Mrs. Christine Salvi, for these outstanding results in our CDTCA science program!

CONGRATULATIONS ON A VERY FINE YEAR AND BEST WISHES FOR THE SUMMER!
    We’ve now come to the conclusion of our CDTCA school year!  Congratulations and best wishes to our 18 graduates as you enter into your high school years!  Also, best wishes to all our students and your families as you begin this summer recess.  Enjoy the summer months ahead, continue your learning and prayer, and look forward to the coming academic year here in our CDTCA regional Catholic elementary school.   God bless!

Registrations are being accepted now for the 2017-2018 school year at Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy, pre-school through eighth grade!   Call for a visit to our fine regional Catholic school!

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE
    Financial assistance is available to most families at CDTCA.  In fact, many CDTCA families and students DO receive this important aid.  Contact our school office to learn more about tuition assistance!
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OUR 2017 PARISH SHARE CAMPAIGN
    Our Parish Share Campaign is still collecting our support for our Catholic Diocese.  We are asked to raise $69,950 before 2018.  This supports the budget and programs of the Bishop and the Diocese.
    We ask every parish member or household to donate or pledge $250.  If you can contribute $300, $500, $1000, or even $2000, your generosity will be very helpful and appreciated.   All funds received beyond our $69,950 goal will remain with our parish for our own operating budget.  Thank you very much!

Jesus sends the Holy Spirit to us all!
     Since the life of Jesus among us, and since the events of his death on the Cross and his Resurrection and Ascension, God has been present to the Church in many amazing ways through the power and the presence of the Holy Spirit! The Spirit guides the whole Church, stirs up faith in us, and gives us the Sacraments. Rejoice! 
 
     Our Saint Scholastica Parish Mission is to continue the work of Christ together as a faith community, through the celebration of the Sacraments, living spiritually in the world, and working to be caring members of the community.  As committed Catholics, we are sent to bear the Light of Christ to transform the world by our devotion, service and witness.

SAINT SCHOLASTICA PARISH
309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Telephone 412-781-0186, ext. 10           
Fax 412-781-4316
Internet site:  www.saintscholastica.com
Parish Office hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh
The Most Reverend David A. Zubik, DD

The Episcopal Vicar for Diocesan Region Four
Very Reverend Philip N. Farrell, VE

Pastor of the Parish
Reverend James R. Torquato............................Ext. 10

Parish Office Staff
Debbie VanDemark, Amy Condosta, ………….....Ext.10

Director of Music/ Bereavement Coordinator
Sister Patricia Baker, CDP..................................Ext. 17

Director of Religious Education and Youth Ministry
Jamie Dillon, MS, MA, RRT................................Ext. 20 

Assistants for the Religious Education Program
Meredith Troyan, Gina Musser.........................Ext. 21

Director of Adult Religious Education and R.C.I.A.
Andrew Bechman, MEd....................................Ext. 18 

Bookkeeper/ Safe Environment Coordinator
Amy Condosta…………………………………………….…Ext. 11

Facilities Staff
Bruce Hassing

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
205 Brilliant Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15215

Principal
Mr. Mark N. Grgurich, MSEd.................. (412)781-7927